Thursday, June 28, 2012

Can't We All Just Get Along?

It's been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for the three pups as they get to know and not hate each other.  Lucy is EAGER to be besties with Lois and Walt.  They are NOT eager to add a third wheel to the canine Fred & Irene duo.

After a week of
1. Lulu being terrified of walking through any room where Lois & Walt were hulking
2. Wally having a constant look of extreme stress on his face (more whites of his eyes showing than you can imagine)
3. Lola figuring out where Lucy's favorite spots to lay, then lorcaing in them with a sly grin (BTW, just read that the new weight loss drug is called "LORCASTATIN".  PERFECT)
4. The dogs trying to attack each other every damn time they came in the house/yard after a walk or Lulu went under the table when we were eating and other apparently stressful events

Cara took matters in hand from afar and contacted a dog "whisperer" to come see us.  She was a little weird (I mean she's a dog whisperer), but had a lot of solid advice and observations for us.  She told us the two olds can no longer bully Lucy and we needed to keep them separated until we are able to achieve a "Pack" with the 3 of them.  She suggested we continue our daily walks (oddly, all 3 are fine with each other when on the leash.  I guess they know that they are not the pack leaders when they are on leashes or something)  She wants us to work on their training after their daily walk, with the 3 dogs each on a leash working with a human but all in the same area so they can start to get used to each other (the basic sit, wait, down and come commands with lots of treats)  And get a baby gate to keep them separate in the house.

So far, it's definitely MUCH more relaxed.  It's pretty easy in our little house to divide it between living room and kitchen/dining room so that the pups can be in a comfy place but apart.  They are enjoying the walks and the treats and the attention.  Lulu is a training superstar (you knew she would be a teacher's pet) and Lola knows all the commands.  She doesn't necessarily want to DO them for you but she knows them and is getting way better.  Walt is a buffoon who will do anything for a treat.  And is also getting better at following commands :-)

Lisa our DW also recommended a homeopathic remedy for dogs called "Harmony" which she says can be very effective.  I ordered some and we are interested to see if it really does work.  Can't hurt anyways.  Plus our upcoming move to a much larger house (5 bedrooms, 3 living areas and a much bigger yard) should help everyone relax. 

Can't say I ever planned to be a dog person, but I'm learning right along with the three stooges.

9 comments:

Sue said...

SOOOO glad the Hooligans went to Whidbey - cats are so much easier!

Pooh Bear said...

totes. Except the whole cat pee thing.

Laurie said...

haha that was actually Lavs not Le Pooh. He never reads my blog :0

Lis said...

I can't believe you had a dog whisperer. Dog people are so incredibly weird. Happy you're all together again. Love The Lorca deug

Lis said...

Drug. My phone freaks out sometimes and won't let me edit.

Laurie said...

So so weird. But what we needed to get the stooges possibly tolerating each other.

And isn't the lorca fat drug the best? Such a great name! If only to us

Katie said...

i'm SO glad CarParts took some initiative and brought in the DW! things are MUCH calmer in here, although i am holding out hope that they will all be able to hang in the same room together some day!...

Katie said...

also, yes. Lorcastatin.

LOVE it.

we should be in the drug-branding business. they would all be this amazing.

Laurie said...

Oh we'd ROCK the drug names. Maybe we should set up our consulting business...